Buttermilk Falls CSA and Folk School Retreat


(A Project of Philadelphia Community Farm)
Contact Person: Lindsey Ruder
Address: P.O. Box 668
City, State, Zip: Osceola, WI 54020
Phone: 715-294-4048
Email Address: csa@buttermilkcsa.com Website: www.buttermilkcsa.com

Best way to contact: Call or Email

Current Operation

Buttermilk Falls CSA & Folk School Retreat is a project of the 501(c) 3 non-profit Philadelphia Community Farm. It is a beautiful historical farm and retreat center nestled among the forests and prairie lands of the beautiful St. Croix River Valley, just 45 minutes from the Twin Cities. For more than a quarter century, residents, interns and volunteers have continued the traditions of providing delicious organic produce to individuals and families, living in sustainable and nourishing community and providing a site for essential nature-centered educational programs and retreat.

Internship Description

At BFF, garden interns are involved in all aspects of the farm and work closely with the farmers and one another. Internship focus will be on vegetable production, greenhouse management, direct seeding, field preparation, composting, weeding/ cultivation, transplanting, harvesting, and post-harvest handling. Farm work offers incredibly rewarding and demanding work environment and life experience.

Intern Skills/Experience

  • Interested in farming
  • Reliable, responsible, hard working
  • Able to follow directions
  • Physical ability to work daily with hands, wrists, back and to lift approximately 50 lbs
  • Ability to work outside in all weather conditions
  • Willingness to work with volunteers, school groups, and other educational retreat visitors in the garden.

Internship Timeline

A 3 month minimum is what we are looking for, but actually prefer a full season stay (~ 6 Months May-October) in order to reap the most from the internship program and to experience various parts of the season.

Internship Stipends/Benefits

Room and Board Provided, including delicious chemical-free and produce –rich meals! Also, there is a modest living stipend available as needed, usually around $50 / week.

Family Information

Accepted interns live and work on the farm and will share most meals in a communal fashion. It is a multiple- household and multi-generational community, so it is important for interns to be comfortable sharing their living space with other people and to have the ability to self-care in this type of environment. We also are a life sharing household, which means we live and work with folks that have various developmental disabilities.